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Liam Neeson only Irish star in Forbes highest paid actors 2015 list

Published 05/08/2015 | 10:46

Liam Neeson in Taken
Liam Neeson in Taken
Liam Neeson attends the "Ted 2" world premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
Liam Neeson in Taken 3

Liam Neeson is the only Irish actor to feature in the 2015 list of highest paid actors compiled by Forbes.

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Action star Neeson (63), who most recently popped up in Ted 2 and the Entourage movie, earned $19.5m (€18m) in the last year.

A spate of hit action films in 2014 attributed to his success with Run All Night, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and the third installment in the wildly successful Taken series.

Neeson came 22nd on the list, earning exactly the same paycheck as 'Gone Girl' star Ben Affleck.

Liam Neeson in Run All Night
Liam Neeson in Run All Night

The only British star to feature on the list is James Bond star Daniel Craig who is currently filming Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes.

Craig earned $27m in the past year making him 15th highest paid.

Top of the list of earners, however, is Robert Downey Jr who took home an estimated $80m thanks in the main to The Avengers and Iron Man.

Jackie Chan is second, making €50m.

This year is the first to feature a plethora of Bollywood stars.  Four of the top 10 highest paid actors are from outside the realms of Hollywood.

Bollywood heavyweights Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan both made $33.5m while Akshay Kumar earned €32.5m and came ninth in the list.

Forbes Top Paid Actors 2015

1. Robert Downey Jr: $80m

2. Jackie Chan: $50m

3. Vin Diesel: $47m

4. Bradley Cooper: $41.5m

5. Adam Sandler: $41m

6. Tom Cruise: $40m

= 7. Amitabh Bachchan: $33.5m

= 7. Salman Khan: $33.5m

9. Akshay Kumar: $32.5m

10. Mark Wahlberg: $32m

11. Dwayne Johnson: $31.5m

12. Johnny Depp: $30m

13. Leonardo DiCaprio: $29m

14. Channing Tatum: $29m

= 15. Chris Hemsworth: $27m

= 15. Daniel Craig: $27m

He's played Michael Collins and Rob Roy ... now Liam Neeson is the voice of God  

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